At the first Cominform conference in September 1947, Andrei Zdanov, Stalin’s Politburo colleague, articulated the Soviet response to Mr. X. He surveyed the Russian view of the global situation as it had emerged from World War II.
In what has become known as the Two Camp Speech, Zdanov announced that American economic power was organizing Western Europe and “countries politically and economically dependent on the United States, such as the Near-Eastern and South-American countries and China” into an anticommunist bloc.
The Russians and the “new democracies” in Eastern Europe, Finland, Indonesia, and Vietnam meanwhile formed another bloc which “has the sympathy of India, Egypt and Syria.”
Zdanov argued that the world was now divided into two camps, the “imperialist and anti-democratic camp” and the “anti-imperialist and democratic camp.” This two-camp view of the world had previously dominated Russian policy between 1927 and 1934 when Stalin bitterly opposed the West. Post WWII, it became known as the Zdanov Doctrine.
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